Burma Bans Suu Kyi Actress

Starring role in The Lady earns Yeoh place on blacklist
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 1:03 AM CDT
Aung San Suu Kyi attends a gathering at her National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File)
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(Newser) – Former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, who plays pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming movie, has been booted out of Burma and told not to come back. The Malaysian-born actress, who met the activist after her release from house arrest late last year, was deported on the next flight out after trying to enter the country last week, reports the BBC. An official told reporters that Yeoh is on a blacklist.

Yeoh stars in The Lady, directed by Luc Besson and due out this fall. The movie charts Suu Kyi's life and marriage to British academic Michael Aris, who died of prostate cancer in 1999 and was refused a visa to see his wife a final time. Burmese authorities told Suu Kyi she could leave the country to visit her husband, but she declined out of fear she would never be allowed to return. Yeoh describes the movie as "an incredible love story that has political turmoil within." Click here to read about the outspoken Suu Kyi lectures recently smuggled out of the country by the BBC.

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